I saw part of this video on Chris Matthews’ show tonight. They’re cute 4th-graders, so I’m not going to be hard on them. They are singing a hopeful tune, Carly Rae Jepsen’s “Call Me Maybe.”
I like their message: “Vote FOR somebody.” I always do that, never do I vote against a candidate or for the lesser of two evils. Also, I agree that voting is a civic duty. Everybody who is eligible to vote ought to vote.
But here’s where they get it wrong. “Democracy” does not begin and end with the two-party system we have with Republicans and Democrats. There is more to democracy than that. We have many parties, and when you vote FOR somebody it ought to be somebody who represents your values and beliefs. Neither major party does that for me. On issue after issue, there is no appreciable difference between the big political parties. I cannot make my voice heard by voting for (or against) Romney or Obama. Neither one of them dares to state publicly what their real priorities would be if elected, anyway.
I voted for Jill Stein, the Green Party candidate for President. The day after I put my ballot in the mail, the two-party system had her arrested and thrown in jail.
UPDATE: Strategic voting is how the people can win (now we just need a song!)
[D]ue to our 18th century system of presidential elections, your vote in nearly 40 non-swing states (e.g. West Coast, most of Northeast, deep South) will not be decisive because one side or the other will easily win those states. Progressives can take strategic advantage of this archaic voting system that’s winner-take-all in each state.
So please sign this pledge to promote strategic voting: in swing states, we’ll urge progressives to vote against Romney/Ryan by voting for Obama/Biden (despite our vital policy critiques) — and we’ll urge progressives in non-swing states to seriously consider voting for unabashed peace and justice candidates.
UPDATE: “Dilbert” creator Scott Adams, upset with federal marijuana arrests in California, says he has no choice but to vote for Romney.